Episode 4, you guys! We are jut plugging along and I love it! I want you to meet Julie. Julie is a saint sent from above because she handles our sweet, crazy, fit-throwing, stubborn as a mule Roc every single week with patience and grace. She is his occupational therapist. On top of being insanely qualified to talk about what our kids from hard places deal with on a constant basis, she is also an adoptive mama, so she REALLY gets it.
For kids, occupational therapists help them develop the skills they need to become functional adults. When they're really little, that can look like simply learning to play. As they grow, they work them them on sensory issues and things like learning to share better. I just tend to treat them like they can answer any question I have about my kid's development and usually I am right.
Our kids from hard places almost ALWAYS need at least one type of therapy, and I would encourage all of you guys to take your sweet kiddos for an OT assessment. With all of their sensory issues and fear reactions, it can only help them in their journey to attachment with your family.
I am so excited for you guys to get to know Julie and learn from her! Don't forget to check out the show notes below!
- Project Zero puts the real live faces of children who are available for adoption in front of the families looking to provide forever homes for them. They travel around the state promoting their dream of having Zero waiting children in Arkansas. You can check out their website here and their Facebook here.
- Grace Haven Ministries offers support and services for adoptive families in the trenches. I can say this from personal experience. We were at the end of our rope with this business and Grace Haven's director of counseling services was at our house within an hour... FO FREE. She talked us off the ledge and provided us with some great resources for moving forward. Seriously, reach out to them with your concerns and struggles TODAY. Visit their website here and their Facebook page here.
- The CALL trains, equips, and supports foster and adoptive families. You heard from the director in NWA, Ann in the first episode of this podcast. They are great and you should check them out. They have no-commitment info-meeting regularly if you just want to gather more information about adopting from the foster care system, and they provide the complete training you need to become an open home. Check out their website here and their Facebook page here.
- Pick up The Out of Sync Child on Amazon here.